Our Focus is Families
Gingerbread houses are my stones of remembrance. Weird, I know. But hear me out.
After the Israelites left Egypt, they experienced God in mighty and powerful ways. God knew it would be important for them to remember his faithfulness and provision in their lives, so he instructed them to set up stones of remembrance. The stones were to serve as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and a prompt that would encourage parents to pass down these stories to their children and their children’s children.
While I don’t have piles of stones lying around my home and yard, there are certain traditions that remind me of – and prompt me to share with my children – stories of God’s faithfulness. Every year at Christmas, for as long as I can remember, my siblings and I would make gingerbread houses. This family activity grew increasingly elaborate as we aged, and it has become a marker for me. It is a time to pause and to thank God for my family and his provision in our lives.
God is using families from local churches to be the protection and provision for children in foster care. As victims of abuse and neglect, their greatest need is a safe, loving family.
This Christmas season, you can be a part of God’s provision for the most vulnerable children in our community by partnering with Crossroads NOLA to recruit, develop, and support foster families.
There are two simple and effective ways your church can partner with us this Christmas – mix and match to give your congregation a choice in how they participate: a monetary donation or purchasing gifts for a child.
- CERTIFY A FOSTER FAMILY
Louisiana has a chronic deficit of foster families available to care for children. There are approximately 4800 children in foster care and only 2200 certified foster families. Your monetary gift will help us recruit, develop, and support families to care for the most vulnerable among us. These families will commit not simply to putting a roof over a child’s head, but to loving, nurturing, and creating memories with them. For a child in foster care, a stable family is the greatest gift you can give them.
- SUPPORT A LOCAL FAMILY
There are families in our community that have challenges and struggles, but are working hard to stay together and avoid foster care. You can support these families and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services by providing Christmas gifts to some of the most vulnerable children in our city.